District considers changing penalties relating to noncompliance of Fire Regulations Bylaw No. 55

District of Barriere Mar. 23, council meeting highlights

Terra Cotta Warrior Donated To Barriere

A life size replica of a Chinese Terra Cotta Warrior was recently gifted to the district as a result of the China tours that the Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce has been working on organizing with Mr. Liu of Citslinc. The warrior can be viewed at the Ridge in the entrance of the district offices. He stands over six feet in height and is referred to as the “Dignified General”.  In the spirit of thanks and custom, council will be reciprocating with a framed print by local artisan, Marie Downing, being sent to Mr. Liu in appreciation for the generous gift.

Fire Regulations Bylaw Being Considered To Be Added To Adjudication Process

Instead of going to court over tickets, the District of Barriere is considering changing the penalties relating to noncompliance of Fire Regulations Bylaw No. 55 around burning within the Fire Protection Area, so that they fall under the Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 95 and can be handled internally or subsequently by a provincial adjudicator.  For more information about either of these bylaws or the proposed amendments, contact the district office or fire chief Al Kirkwood.  Both amendments will be considered for final adoption at the next regular council meeting on April 13.

Property Owner Requests Temporary Use Permit For Greenhouse

An application for a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) has been submitted for council’s consideration which would permit a seasonal, retail greenhouse on a residential-zoned property at 4256 Yellowhead Highway.  If approved this permit would be valid for three years with the possibility of one renewal. Council resolved to consider the application once legislated notice requirements are met and they have had the chance to review any public comments prior to the date of decision of April 13, 2015.  A formal notice will be in next week’s addition of the Star/Journal, online at the district website: www.barriere.ca, or at the district office at 4936 Barriere Town Road.

Mayor’s Update Highlights

Mayor Smith met recently with Interior Health representatives to talk about Healthy Community Partnerships. Resource materials (now available in the district office) on Healthy Built Environment Linkages, a new Healthy Built Communities Tool Kit, and Improving Health and Community Well-being were provided to the district. Discussions on Barriere potentially becoming a designated age-friendly community was also part of the discussion.

The mayor reported she was also amazed by the Barriere Elementary School student’s work that she had the privilege to help judge during their recent school science fair. She also praised the Anti-Violence Advocacy Society for their recent gala fundraiser towards an education piece for the schools. Her full report can be viewed on-line in the March 23 agenda package.